H2O Crystal Paddles Review

I was fortunate to be able to test and regularly use the H2O paddle during this past summer. My wife and I loved how light they are, and are terribly impressed with the appearance as well.  All of what little weight there is; is centered on the centre mechanism which you don't even notice when you are paddling. From the first paddle, we felt that we had a lot more power with it, and verified this a couple of times by switching back to our old paddles in mid-journey. Being a completely new design to us, there are some things that felt a little unusual at the beginning.

Handle design - we are used to straight paddles, so it felt a bit unusual at first to have the curved handle.  But after only a couple of minutes it was more comfortable than the straight paddle.  Depending on water conditions you can offset your hands from centre, and each position feels very comfortable. 

Change of paddle stroke - We are used to having one hand as an "anchor" and twisting the paddle in the other hand, and that was a bit of a difficult habit to break.  My wife seemed to find a comfortable setting right away, while I experimented quite a bit.  Once I got a bit more comfortable, I was very impressed with power stroking, including my ability to use my body more in the stroke.  When I paddled more leisurely, it just felt very comfortable and effortless. 

Blade design – The blade design of this paddle allows for comfort and power.  We had the opportunity to do long leisurely paddles as well as river paddles, and were always very impressed.  Our old paddles have a number of “imperfections” from bumping into things, but these maintain their condition throughout

 Paddle length – I have been using a shorter H2O paddle than my old one.  After using it all summer, this is not an issue….probably just a personal preference

 This is an outstanding paddle. I have had the opportunity to allow a number of friends and neighbours to try it out, and the consensus is generally “where can I get one of those?”.


~ Kevin Jaques



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